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“That was cool, I thought, to get the pairing together with Maverick. It’s fun, he’s a good buddy and it’s fun playing with another amateur out there,” Hardy said. “”I felt comfortable ever since I stepped on the first tee the first day.
“I just feel right at home out here. I love the atmosphere and playing in front of these crowds. It is fun.”
Hardy has had plenty of support this week. Saturday, he was followed by plenty of fans, including his dad, John, his mom, Kim, his three sisters, his girlfriend and multiple uncles and friends. He also had several strangers wearing Illini gear to support the University of Illinois student.
“It feels like NCAAs again with the support we have. It’s crazy how cool it is to have so many Illini fans show up too,” Hardy said. “(Tournament director Clair Peterson) does great things for amateur golf by allowing us to compete out here.
“It’s fun representing a Big Ten school,
being right in the Midwest and it’s just an awesome opportunity to have when you’re in the middle of college.”
With both starting on the back 9, McNealy started the day even par through his first eight holes with a birdie and a bogey on Nos. 13 and 14 respectively. He birdied three straight on Nos. 18, 1 and 2 before bogeying No. 9.
Hardy at one point reached 9 under and was tied for 11th, but bogeyed two of his last three holes to drop back. Opens. After making bogey on No. 7, Hardy hit his tee shot on No. 8 right into the rough, but still managed to make par before posting a bogey on No. 9.
“He’s learned a lot from all his experiences and he’s happy to be here and looking tomorrow to shoot a low score,” Kim said. “I know he won’t let this hold him back tomorrow, it will give him fire for tomorrow.”
Hardy wasn’t the highest touted amateur in the field this week. Teammate Dylan Meyer was the Western Amateur champion but missed the cut and McNealy is ranked second in the world amateur rankings after a standout career at Stanford.
So Sunday’s round will have a little extra competition as the duo compete for low amateur, paired together once again.
“Maverick is an incredible amateur golfer, one of the most decorated in American history so to beat him tomorrow would be awesome, definitely something I’m gunning for I guess,” Hardy said. “We’re good buds, so it’s fun.”